Community Responsibilities: Return to Campus After Health-Related Episode
Campus community safety is of paramount importance at Malone University. We believe in the right to a safe and secure environment in which to learn, live, grow, and develop. For the sake of the students, faculty, and staff this policy outlines conditions under which a student, who has shown evidence of being a safety risk to himself/herself, a safety risk to others, or who engages in behavior that creates a significant disruption to the classroom, residence halls, or the campus in general, may return to campus.
In the event of a psychological or psychiatric episode in which a student requires an off-campus assessment (i.e. Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center) and/or hospitalization (e.g. Mercy Medical Center, Aultman Hospital, etc.), the student may not return to campus without a formal professional consultation between the attending clinician and a Malone University representative, specifically the Vice President for Student Development, the Director of the Counseling Center, or designee. It remains the responsibility of the student to initiate the professional consultation (e.g. sign appropriate releases) in order to facilitate a return to campus. The University may delay the student's return if a consultation does not occur or if an attending clinician determines that the student is unfit (i.e. unsafe) to return to campus. The University may also require documentation from an attending clinician declaring that the student is fit (i.e. safe) prior to the student's return. However, documentation does not supplant the required professional consultation and does not guarantee a student's return to campus. Should a student forgo this Behavioral Health Return to Campus policy, he or she may be subject to disciplinary guidelines including, but not limited to, a mandatory assessment by a clinician of the University's choice at the student's expense.
Prior to discharge from an assessment center (e.g. CIRC, Mercy Medical, Aultman, etc.) the student shall direct the attending clinician to make contact with the Vice President of Student Development, Director of the Counseling Center, or designee in order to facilitate the professional consultation in adherence with the Behavioral Health Return to Campus policy. The decision to determine the student's return to campus rests with the Vice President for Student Development with input from the attending clinician and the Director of the Counseling Center. A second opinion may be requested in the event of inadequate or insufficient evidence to determine the student's suitability to return to campus.